The Carter Center has named a new fellowship program after the Rep. Mickey Leland, who died in an airplane crash in 1989 while working to promote development in famine-torn Ethiopia.

Former President Carter announced the Mickey Leland Community Development Fellowships on Tuesday, saying the Texas Democrat "tried to break down the almost insuperable obstacles" between people in the United States and the people of the Third World."It's not an easy chasm to cross," Carter said. "These particular fellowships . . . will make a quantum leap into the future, in trying to bridge that gap."

"This is the kind of program Mickey would have loved," said Leland's widow, Alison Leland.